Sunday, September 2, 2012

2 months

This is a baby-related post. Please feel free to skip if you are not comfortable reading.

K turned two months old today!

Weight & Length: At her well visit last week, she weighed 8 lbs. 8.5 oz. (5-10%), so she's up 2 lbs. 4.5 oz. since birth. Her length was 21 inches (5-10%), which is up 3 inches since birth.

Sleeping: It's a battle, but she typically falls asleep between 9 pm and 10 pm and wakes up anywhere between 4 am and 6 am with one middle-of-the-night feeding. This has been the trend since the last couple of weeks in the NICU. I think if we could get her tummy issues under control, she wouldn't wake up as early. But right now it seems that early morning is when her gas and reflux are the worst. As for naps? It's hit or miss. I just let her nap whenever and wherever she wants on that given day. Sometimes it's in the swing, sometimes it's in the boppy, and other times it's in the wrap.

Eating: She typically eats anywhere from 2 to 3 oz. a feed, which is usually every 2.5-3 hours (with the exception of the middle-of-the-night feed, which almost always lands in the middle of that 9/10 to 4/6 stretch). I think once her gas and reflux are sorted out, she'll be able to take more and go for longer stretches. But right now, the pediatrician thinks less more often is the best strategy, and K pretty much dictates this. I have to remind myself, too, that she's only four weeks adjusted age, and she's still small. So she can't take as much as other babies her age per feed. She has nowhere to put it. :)

Diapers: We are primarily using bumGenius 4.0 One-Size, and we LOVE them. No leaks, no blowouts. I wasn't sure if I would be dedicated enough to use cloth diapers, but I highly recommend it - especially if you're looking to save money. I don't even want to know what we would have paid for disposables at this point.

Clothing: Because the cloth diapers are so bulky, she's mostly in 3 month clothing. Packing away the newborn clothes was sad, but I'm so happy she's a healthy, growing girl.

Hair: Her hair has actually gotten a little lighter since she's left the hospital. It's still brown, but not nearly as dark as it once was. I can already tell she is going to have CRAZY hair (like me!), because it sticks up every which way after her baths or when she's outside in the humidity. I love it.

Eyes: Up until about a month ago, her eyes were a deep blueish gray. Now they are dark brown and so gorgeous.

Personality: I can already tell we are going to have a diva on our hands. She likes things HER way - and that way can change from moment to moment. She's also incredibly determined and gets frustrated when she can't do what she's trying to do. For instance, she has a mobile on her swing that we have to move out of her line of sight because she gets SO upset that she can't reach it. The same goes with some of her toys on her play gym. In general, she doesn't fuss unless there is something wrong (gassy, tired, or hungry). In the last couple of weeks, she's grown very "chatty" - cooing and blowing bubbles at us - and she now smiles pretty much every time we talk to her, especially when she hasn't seen one of us in a while. It's adorable. She also loves being out and about. In fact, she's happier out of the house than she is inside. I think this means she's going to be a social butterfly. :)

Milestones & Firsts: She's reached a lot of milestones and had a lot of firsts since she's come home from the NICU. She was sick for the first time. (Not the kind of milestone you WANT to have, but a "first" nonetheless.) She had her first real bath. She's been to the mall and out to dinner. She can now roll over from her back to her tummy AND from her tummy to her back. She can lift her head and her chest up during tummy time. She grabs toys and can shake them. She's noticed her hands and her feet (and she loves her feet). She watched her first college football game, and met a ton of family members and friends for the first time.

I can't believe that she's been in our lives for two months already. It feels like just yesterday we were racing over to the hospital to meet her for the first time. I can't wait to see what the next month brings!

15 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Lots of milestones! I can't believe she's rolling over both ways! GO GIRL! Sound like you are one terrific mom! :-)

someday-soon said...

Sounds like she's doing fantastic! Can't believe she's already rolling, looks like you have an over achiever on your hands =) Some of my BTDT friends speak of a magic 10 lb mark where the sleep gets better. Love, love, love seeing these updates!!!

AnotherDreamer said...

Man, time really is flying! So glad she's doing well.

KC said...

So happy for you, it sounds like she is doing wonderfully. Way to go K!

Logical Libby said...

She's growing like a weed! Must be that she has excellent surroundings to nourish her.

Secret Sloper said...

Wow, I can't believe she's been with you two months already! How awesome. And just wait, in the next few months things are going to get really fun, with lots more smiling and interaction.

We kept Smudgie on the frequent smaller feeds routine for quite a long time. His reflux didn't slow down until well over 6 months old (it stopped bothering him long before that, but he kept spitting up until he was close to 9 months). Which isn't to scare you, just to say that however long it takes for her tummy to settle itself out, you'll get there eventually!

Sushigirl said...

It doesn't sound like the sleeping is too bad, comparatively. The Boy was the same a couple of months ago, and at the moment he sleeps from 9 until about 6 with no night feed (well, he mostly sleeps right through). It's tiring but hopefully K will sort herself out over time as her tummy gets bigger.

Dawn said...

Sleep sounds pretty normal. My boys slept through at around four months. It was a happy day!

M said...

I can't believe how fast they grow! I have some BG 4.0s but they still seem too big on S and she's over 9 lbs. I will have to try them again.

Rebecca said...

Sounds like she's doing SO awesome!!

D is still on the frequent small-ish meals. We have finally really gotten his reflux under control and sort of his gas. The problem is, now, that he seems to be so used to the small meals that he just won't eat the larger ones very often. One of these days it would be nice if he'd eat more and let us sleep sometimes...

S.I.F. said...

Everything sounds perfect, and little miss sounds like she is thriving! So exciting!

manymanymoons said...

It's still so surreal isn't it. If you're anything like me you still ask yourself how in the hell you got so lucky every single day!

BTW - how in the world has it been 2 months already??

Alex said...

Sounds like everything is going very well! So happy for you!

nobabyruth said...

What a wonderful post! I cannot believe that it's been 2 months already. Where has the time gone? And I can't believe that she's already so active, especially considering she came early!! Go, K!!

palmtreesandmanatees said...

It sounds like you are just loving every moment. This post made me smile. :)